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Sins of the Tongue: The Backbiting Tongue

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60 pagine
50 minuti
Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781508015086
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Sins of the Tongue: The Backbiting Tongue is a discussion of talking ill of someone without cause.A table of contents is included.
Pubblicato:
Mar 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781508015086
Formato:
Libro

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Sins of the Tongue - Father Belet

SINS OF THE TONGUE: THE BACKBITING TONGUE

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Father Belet

WAXKEEP PUBLISHING

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Copyright © 2015 by Father Belet

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sins of the Tongue: The Backbiting Tongue

1. The nature of backbiting. Its various species. Its gravity.

2. The terrible evils that backbiting breeds. Reparation of the damage it causes.

3. Appropriate names for backbiters. Usual chastisements to which they expose themselves.

4. Listening to backbiters is a great sin.

SINS OF THE TONGUE: THE BACKBITING TONGUE

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BY FATHER BELET

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1. THE NATURE OF BACKBITING. ITS VARIOUS SPECIES. ITS GRAVITY.

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IN 1617 SOMEONE PUBLISHED A volume entitled, The Horseman’s Book: The Art of Riding, treating the use of bridles, whips, guides, and so on. Such a title is of a nature to give rise to sad thoughts. We have learned how to make bits, bridles, halters and pincers, and how to adapt them to a horse’s head or mouth; we have learned the art of directing these animals at will by means of a small bit. But we possess a tongue so ill-tempered that no bridle can curb it: this raging beast resists bits, halters and pincers alike, knocking down every obstacle in its path. It wants to be as free as a horse in the wild. Let us see what Saint James has to say on the subject: We put bits into horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we control their whole body also. But no man can tame the tongue. (1)

(1) Jas. 3:3-8

Without a doubt, the most poisonous tongue of all is the backbiter’s. It spits its deadly venom to the four winds. It is an evil known throughout the earth. One can never stigmatize and deplore it enough.

Therefore, we shall now study the nature of this evil, its various species, and the gravity of the evils it breeds.

I.

Therefore, what is backbiting or detraction?

Here is the definition given by Saint Thomas Aquinas: Backbiting is denigration of a neighbor’s reputation by means of secret words. (2) Indeed, a person may wound someone by word in two ways: openly and to his face (that is, by insulting him); and secretly, when he is absent — and that is backbiting.

(2) St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theoligica, Part II, Section II, Quest. 73, Art. I.

Palladius relates that someone once asked Saint Anthony, What is backbiting? and he replied, It is every sort of wicked word we dare not speak in front of the person about whom we are talking.

This is truly the nature of backbiters. They cannot do physical harm to those who are absent, so they strike at them with their tongue. Saint Thomas Aquinas says, Destroying a person’s reputation is a very serious wrong. (3) And Saint Bernard declares, Backbiting is a great vice, a great sin, a great crime. (4)

(3) Ibid. Part II, Section II, Question 83, Article 2.

(4) Saint Bernard, De modo bene vivendi, Chapter 33.

There are eight specific ways in which a man can backbite his neighbor:

1. When he gets carried away by vanity and imputes things against his neighbor that never happened, or when he adds to the truth imaginary circumstances that constitute either a lie or detraction.

2. When he brings a hidden or unknown fault to light. What he says is true, but he should not say it. He backbites, not by saying something untrue, but by wounding his neighbor’s reputation. This is a very common sin among us.

Now you might object, Do you mean to say I can’t tell the truth ? No, my friend. It is not permitted, unless you can do so without harming your neighbor. What you say is true, I admit, but it is hidden. The sinner has wounded his conscience in God’s sight, but he has not lost his reputation before men; therefore, you may not weaken or destroy it with your tongue. And even if the sin you reveal is not altogether secret but known only to a few, as long as it is not public knowledge, you are backbiting

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